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Maitreya: the Coming of the Future Buddha

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All Buddhists of the planet are aware of the beginning of a new age which will be associated with the arrival of the Holy Buddha Maitreya. In this article, I will share with you who Maitreya is, when he comes, and what awaits humanity with his arrival.

The great Maitreya will appear in this world and achieve the great enlightenment.

– Lama Chobgye Rinpoche

Who is Maitreya?

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Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, the fifth teaching Buddha in this eon of 1,000 Buddhas. According to Buddhist tradition, He is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. He will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha.

The name ‘Maitreya’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘maitrī’ which can be translated as ‘friendship’, which is in turn derived from the noun ‘mitra’ which can be translated as ‘friend’.

However, you may see different interpretations of Maitreya’s name:

  • Invincible;
  • Spreading love;
  • Giver of mercy;
  • Compassionate Lord;
  • Future Teacher.

But no matter how we interpret His name, the meaning will stay the same – He is the coming Teacher that will appear in the future, reach Enlightenment and bring salvation to mankind. He will bring people new teachings, give pure Dharma and help everyone to get out of the cycle of samsara with its constant rebirth and suffering.

Maitreya is the only Buddha who is recognized by all the Buddhist schools, including Theravada. He is especially revered by Korean, Chinese, and Burmese Buddhists.

In each country and tradition Maitreya can have a special name:

Sanskrit: Maitreya.

Japanese:Miroku Bosatsu.

Pali:Metteyya.

Chinese: Mílè Púsa.

Tibetan:Jampé Gönpo.

Karen: Mehtuhyah Boodah.

Korean:Mireuk Bosal.

Okinawan: Miruku Unkee.

Thai: Phra Si Ariya Mettrai.

Vietnamese: Di Lặc Bồ Tát.

Sinhala: Maithri Budun.

Mongolian: Mayidari, Asaraltu.

However, despite on all the differences in the name, all Buddhists know who Maitreya is. All Buddhists know that this is the Buddha of the future who will come at the end of the present age – the Kalpa era.

Tushita Heaven

It is believed that now Maitreya is in Tushita Heaven – the place where all Bodhisattvas destined to reach full enlightenment in their next life dwell.

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Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven

Tushita Heaven (translated as “Gardens of Joy”) is one of the six heavenly realms, the fourth from below, located between the “Yāmā deva” realm and the “Nirmanarati deva” realm. This heavenly realm is reachable through sādhanā, or advanced meditative attainments.

Tushita Heaven is the place for those who observed the main Buddhist commandments, engaged in meditative practices and cultivated good thoughts and noble deeds in their past life. It is in Tushita Heaven where these souls find a new incarnation of Bodhisattvas. Some Mahayana Scriptures claim that it was here that the Buddha Shakyamuni appeared before He was incarnated in our world and became a great Teacher.

The Infinite Life Sutra, a Mahayana text, states:

“Each of these bodhisattvas, following the virtues of the Mahasattva Samantabhadra, is endowed with the immeasurable practices and vows of the Bodhisattva Path and firmly dwells in all the meritorious deeds. He freely travels in all the ten quarters and employs skillful means of emancipation. He enters the treasury of the Dharma of the Buddhas and reaches the Other Shore. Throughout the innumerable worlds, he attains Enlightenment. First, dwelling in the Tusita Heaven, he proclaims the true Dharma. Having left the heavenly palace, he descends into his mother’s womb.”

Buddhist Sacred Texts About Maitreya

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The main sacred text about the Buddha of the Future is the Sanskrit Sutra called “Maitreyavyakarana”, which means “the prophecy of Maitreya”. According to the Scriptures, deities, people and all beings in the world will follow Maitreya and his teachings and thus get rid of attachments and doubts.

The coming Buddha will prove that nothing (property, wealth, jewelry, home, and even family) belongs to us. And this realization will save all living beings from their attachments and give them a joyful and happy life.

The Digha Nikaya calls Maitreya a follower of Shakyamuni. Lalitavistara says the same. It says that before the incarnation in the world of people Gautama Buddha, while still in Heaven Tushita, pointed to Maitreya and planted on him a wreath of a bodhisattva.

Mahaparinibbana Sutta mentions the Buddha of the Future, calling him ‘Maitreya’ and ‘Ajita’ (which means ‘invincible’).

Theosophy

In theosophy, the theosophical Maitreya has multiple aspects signifying not just the future Buddha, but similar concepts from other religious or spiritual traditions.

In the early 20th century, leading theosophists became convinced that an appearance of the “World Teacher” (Maitreya) was imminent. Jiddu Krishnamurti was thought to be destined as the “vehicle” of the soon-to-manifest Maitreya. However, the manifestation did not happen as predicted and did not fulfill theosophists’ expectations.

We can find mentions about Maitreya in the books and studies of Russian theosophists such as Nicholas Roerich, S.F. Oldenburg, E.P. Blavatsky.

When Will Maitreya Come?

As I already said, it is believed that the Buddha of the Future is in the Tushita Heaven now waiting for the moment when people will be ready for His coming. But there is also an opinion that Maitreya can already be there where He is needed most. At the same time, He can be in several different worlds at once.

Predictions about the coming of the Buddha of the Future can be found in the first Mahayana sutras, as well as in Maitreyavyakarana.

The sacred Buddhist texts describe the level of humanity’s development precedes the Maitreya’s coming. Here is what they say:

  • Life expectancy will be about 80 thousand years.
  • The world will be led by a Buddhist school, which will surpass Buddha Shakyamuni’s teaching in the number of successors.
  • At the “helm” of humanity will be a wise ruler-Buddhist.
  • The death from hunger, war, and disease will no longer exist on the planet.
  • Love and compassion will be the main life principles.

It is also said that just before His arrival, the oceans will become smaller so that the Coming Buddha can cross them. It will take Maitreya only a week to become enlightened in this life. Then He will begin teaching so that all the living beings of the planet will be able to understand the pure Dharma, which will create a new beautiful world.

The Image Of Maitreya

The Buddha of the Future can be depicted differently.

Usually, He is shown seated on a throne supported by eight snow lions. There is a stupa on His head which symbolizes respect for Shakyamuni Buddha. There is a parasol (one of the eight auspicious objects) above His head which symbolizes Maitreya’s powers of protection against evil influences.

Often His hands are depicted in a teaching mudra, holding the stems of lotuses, on which are the Dharma wheel and a vase.

His skin is shining with a golden hue, and His clothes are the ordinary apparel of a monk.

Often Maitreya is depicted in statues, some of which date back to 350 BC.

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Leshan Giant Buddha Statue

One of the most famous sculptures is located in Leshan, China. It is known as Leshan Giant Buddha. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Carved into the rock, the statue is striking in size:

  • total height is 70 meters;
  • the head is 14 meters;
  • shoulders – 29 meters;
  • nose with – 5 meters;
  • finger – 8 meters;
  • toe – 1.5 meters.

Nicholas Roerich made a great contribution to the study of Maitreya. In the 20s of the last century, he was in the Central Asian expedition, where he studied the cultural heritage of Buddhism and embodied it in his paintings.

There is a series of paintings by Roerich, which is called “Maitreya”. The most famous of them is “Maitreya Winner”, now it is stored in the Moscow International center – Roerich Museum. The remaining seven paintings are presented in the Art Museum of Nizhny Novgorod.

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Maitreya Winner by Nicholas Roerich

The Bottom Line

Instead of waiting for Maitreya to come and set us free from the Samsara circle we need to realize that He is already here, He lives in each of us. And all we need to do is to remember about Him and awaken Him inside. We need to reveal His essence!

“Developing compassion helps us develop Buddha’s wisdom. This wisdom gradually thins the clouds of obscurations that temporarily obscure the mind until the mind becomes as pure as clear blue sky flooded with sunlight.”

– Lama Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

By becoming more loving and compassionate we are inviting Maitreya into our lives.


Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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What Is Tapas? Yogic Tool For Overcoming Obstacles Explained

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Changing a habit or pattern of thinking and following the path of spiritual development and self-improvement requires a lot of effort and discipline. And here it is worth remembering one of the basic yoga principles – Tapas. It is the tapas practice that focuses on austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, and perseverance. Tapas is realized through a conscious and sustained effort to resist all temptations and to overcome all obstacles that stand between you and your goal.

In this article, I will answer the three most common questions about Tapas:

  • What is tapas?
  • What are the benefits of practicing it?
  • How can we practice it in everyday life?

What Is Tapas?

Most yoga practitioners are familiar with basic yoga principles – yamas and niyamas. Tapas is one of the niyamas.

So what is tapas?

Tapas can be variously translated from Sanskrit into English as heat, spiritual austerities, fiery discipline, and internal fire. It represents zeal and fullness of effort.

Sometimes it is regarded as a purifying action, for it removes impurity. This concept refers primarily to the body and means proper care for it. It is due to asceticism and the elimination of impurity that the perfection of the body and sense organs is achieved.

Patanjali emphasized that only spiritual heat (tapas) can burn off the contamination of the psyche. Daily practiced tapas as a component of Niyama, along with cleanliness and contentment, changes the state of the mind, making it less “polluted”. The practitioner cleanses himself from worldly filth, accumulates merit, and increases the store of spiritual energy.

Sometimes “tapas” is translated as “asceticism”. However, the idea of extreme asceticism is also far from the teachings of Patanjali. After several years of severe asceticism, Buddha Shakyamuni abandoned strict asceticism and began to preach the Middle way (Madhyama Marga) that focuses on moderate self-restraint and high morals. The term “tapas” in Buddhism means “self-discipline”.

Tapas And Yoga

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Yoga practice is always about tapas and overcoming inner challenges. It is always about the kindling of inner fire. When we practice yoga, pranayama, and meditation, despite our reluctance and laziness, we cultivate willpower and develop self-discipline.

To follow the spiritual path, you need to continuously train yourself, challenge yourself, and overcome difficulties. A spiritual path is not about staying in harmony while living somewhere in a peaceful and isolated place. Following your spiritual path means finding peace and harmony everywhere you go. And the more challenging you feel to find them the further you move forward along your spiritual journey. The number of challenges you overcome is proportional to your spiritual growth and the level of your self-development. Therefore overcoming such challenges as laziness and apathy in your spiritual practice is essential for gaining willpower and self-discipline.

Where Does Laziness Come From?

When we are captured by worldly desires, when our energy channels are narrowed and clogged, when our mind is controlled by old information, limiting beliefs and outdated stereotypes, our willpower is very much weakened. And when willpower is weak, our actions are guided by apathy and laziness.

When we start overcoming our laziness and apathy by performing spiritual practices our willpower gets trained. As an ordinary muscle is pumped up through daily workout, so daily overcoming of your laziness “builds up” your willpower. By daily practice, our willpower grows stronger. And eventually, you will notice that now you can easily get rid of bad habits such as smoking, eating junk food, etc.

If you practice tapas daily for several years, the results will exceed all your expectations. Along with your willpower, your own body will also obey you. Your entire body and your health will obey your orders.

The Three Kinds Of Tapas

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There are three types of tapas:

  • Tapas of the body
  • Tapas of the speech
  • Tapas of the mind

What is tapas of the body?

Tapas of the body (KAYIKA) is the development of the willpower through performing such practices as Brahmacharya, service to Gurus and sages, Ahimsa (or nonviolence), fasting, etc.

What is tapas of the speech?

Tapas of the speech is the development of the willpower by speaking the truth, using words that do not hurt any living being, studying the Scriptures, etc.

A very special form of tapas of the speech is Mauna – the silence. Mauna implies not to talk at all for a certain period of time (one day or a few hours). A superior level in Mauna is mental silence, i.e. keeping the mind totally quiet. Mauna practice helps conserve energy and sharpen the insight.

What is tapas of the mind?

Tapas of the mind (MANASIKA) is the development of the willpower to keep a perfect peace of mind, to practice effortless self-control, to have a lack of negative thoughts, etc.

To maintain the balance of the mind in all cases of life, to be always serene, contented and calm, to be cheerful in adverse conditions, to have courage in the face of danger, to have the presence of reason and abstinence — these are all forms of mental tapas.

From a philosophical point of view, meditation is the highest form of tapas of the mind. Fixing the wandering mind on God is the mastery level of tapas.

4 Ways to Make Tapas Your Everyday Practice

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Here are 4 ways to help you develop discipline both in your spiritual practice and in life.

#1: Practice Yoga In the Morning

Set a goal to wake up as early as possible, preferably before sunrise, and perform Surya Namaskar. Do not look at your phone or open social networks right after waking up and before practice.

Alternatively, you can practice mantra chanting, meditation, affirmation practice or pranayama every morning. Also, a morning prayer can be included in your daily routine.

You see, in the morning, we are full of creative energy. Early morning practice will help you set yourself up for a conscious and productive day that will be spent in a calmer mood.

#2: Create New Eating Habits

They say food addiction is the worst addiction. We all have it in one way or another unless you are breatharian.

When you don’t know how to control your appetite and cravings you can easily turn into a slave of your habit to eat whatever you are craving.

It is always difficult to give up the usual foods that bring pleasure but does not bring health benefits.

Tapas can help you to develop self-discipline in your eating and take your cravings under control. There is something you can try right now. At least for a week, try to exclude from your diet foods that interfere with your practice or may even be harmful to your health. For example, give up sweets for a week. It can be whatever you like the most – alcohol, coffee, dairy, meat, bread, chips, etc. Then try to do the same for a month. And then do it for an entire year. Once you mastered it for a year you can exclude it for life.

#3: Practice Yoga Daily

Promise yourself to practice yoga for at least 10-15 minutes every day for a week, no matter what happens. Over time, this will become a habit, like hygiene in the morning. Discipline will bring development to your yoga practice and better results.

Do the same with your meditation practice. Meditate for at least 10-15 minutes daily. It’s better to perform a daily 10 minutes meditation than not to meditate at all.

Prioritize your spiritual practices and very soon you will see that your life is changing as well as your mindset. All the events in your life are going smoother and you have a clearer understanding of what’s going on in your life and what life requires you to do from the spiritual point of view.

#4: Control Your Thoughts

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To develop control of your thoughts is a primary goal for everyone who follows a spiritual path. Our thoughts have the power to create the reality we live in. People who have no control of their thoughts become prisoners of life ‘circumstances’. Therefore everyone should learn how to develop the ability of concentration and thought-control.

During your yoga or meditation classes, you may have thoughts that are usually repeated in everyday life. It is these thoughts that are the obstacle on your spiritual path. Pay attention to them and learn how to control them.

A wonderful practice that may help you to develop concentration and thought-control is a daily mantra chanting. If you find it difficult to concentrate on Sanskrit mantras, try affirmation practice. Say the same positive affirmation 108 times with a complete focus on every word you are pronouncing.

By applying these methods, you can improve your yoga, meditation, mantra or any other spiritual practice, change the patterns of thinking and behavior. Your mind, your attitude to yourself, and the events of your life will change in a positive matter.

The Bottom Line

No matter what we do for developing our discipline we should always remember that the basis of discipline should be love, not punishment. When trying to follow Tapas, pay attention to the benefits it will bring. Talk to your inner child and explain to him/her that, for example, waking up early in the morning will give you more time to do the things you enjoy doing but never can find the time for them. Also, start applying the principles of tapas during your yoga classes. This will improve your practice because the main thing in mastering any practice is consistency. And it also depends on discipline!


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Svadhyaya: The Path Of Understanding Your True Self

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Svadhyaya is one of the five niyamas (yoga principles) that focuses on the study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches, and actions. In the process of practicing this niyama, we get engaged in the realization of our own essence. Svadhyaya serves as a ‘prism’ through which can we see the Divine within us. In this article, I will dive deeper into what svadhyaya is, why it is so important to practice it and what you can do today to step on the path of understanding your true self.

What Is Svadhyaya?

Svadhyaya is a compound Sanskrit word composed of ‘sva’ (स्वा) and ‘adhyaya’ (अध्याय). ‘Adhyaya’ means “a lesson, lecture, chapter; reading”. ‘Sva’ means “own, one’s own, self, the human soul”. Therefore, Svadhyaya literally means “one’s own reading, lesson”.

According to the Yoga sutras (Sutra 2.44), one who practices Svadhyaya acquires the ability of deep concentration, approaches the higher consciousness and becomes able to comprehend the higher truths.

There are several interpretations of this principle. Its first meaning is self-analysis, self-realization, self-education, awareness of oneself as a whole structure in various aspects: mental, emotional and spiritual. The second meaning of this principle is the study of the Scriptures, spiritual literature, Vedic sources of spiritual knowledge. And the third meaning is chanting mantras aloud (performing Japa).

It is necessary to practice Svadhyaya daily. For most of us, it is difficult to break away from our daily routine, but it is necessary to find an hour or two and devote them to spiritual self-improvement or reading spiritual literature. Compare how much energy you spend on questions of the material world, and how much time you devote to the spiritual world? When embarking on the path of spiritual self-improvement, you need to set your priorities correctly.

Understanding The True Essence Of SELF

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Stop for a moment and think: what is life? The pursuit of ephemeral happiness? The endless bustle of everyday life? Or just boring aimless vegetating, when you don’t have the ability to see the true meaning of life and just go with the flow?

In most cases, people’s idea of life is misleading.

Many of us wake up every morning and force ourselves to go to work that we hate. After work, we come home and fall on the couch in front of the TV. We have our dinner and go to bed. And this is how most of us live. We live the same day again and again and call it “life”.

We are like robots, performing our functions, without thinking about the true meaning of what we do and for what reasons. This kind of life does not bring joy and does not give a sense of satisfaction.

Yoga is designed to help us become better, get rid of the obscurations that fill our lives. When we realize all the frailty and meaninglessness of our existence aimed at satisfying material needs, we begin to understand that the main goal of life is to cultivate our spirit. Therefore, eventually, everyone who follows a true spiritual path begins his journey of spiritual self-improvement, to break the shackles of the material world and free himself from the illusion of earthly values, unleash his inner light and illuminate not only his path but also to share it with those who are still in the darkness.

Gradually, as we practice moral principles, we begin to notice how we are moving forward. So, we should not miss any opportunity for self-development and self-improvement. And Svadhyaya serves us as a wonderful tool for gaining self-knowledge.

Our eternal Spirit experiences difficulties when it is imprisoned in a body that is affected by the material nature that binds it to the cycle of rebirth in the material world. It is necessary to learn how to limit the manifestations of the ego that forces us to focus on the material needs.

When we are involved in a process of constant self-development we gain control over our ego.

We need to always remember that all the knowledge we need is already within us. All we need to do is just reveal it. Every time we study the spiritual scriptures we are not learning something new but reminding ourselves of what we already know and always knew deep inside. The knowledge that we need for our development is hidden from us behind the limitations of our materialistic minds and opens gradually as the level of our spiritual awareness increases.

Jnana Yoga And Svadhyaya

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The teaching of yoga is divided into several branches. Each of the branches leads a person to the knowledge of his true Self, to the flowering and growth of his soul.

Hatha yoga, for example, helps us learn to control our physical body since it is a temple of the spirit.

Raja yoga helps us unlock our inner potential, develop our mental abilities, learn to control our mind, and strengthen our willpower.

Bhakti yoga is designed to awaken unconditional love and unselfishness, which leads to the realization of the unity of being.

Jnana yoga is a way of knowing and studying, which allows us to plunge into the amazing world of truths that lie at the heart of being. Yoga of wisdom, as it can also be called, will allow you to find answers to such questions as: “Who am I and why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? What exists outside of visible reality? What will happen to me after I leave this life?”

Svadhyaya is the basis for practicing Jnana yoga because it is the beginning of the path of knowledge and understanding of one’s own nature. When we learn about ourselves with the help of Svadhyaya, we also come to the realization that the opportunity to be happy is hidden in each of us. And the knowledge of self will lead us to liberation from the false ideas and illusions of the material world, change our worldview and we will gradually come to an understanding that each of us is a part of the whole.

Svadhyaya And Mantra Chanting

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As mentioned above, Svadhyaya leads to the opportunity to attain deep concentration. Mantra chanting is one of the tools we can use for this.

When we are involved in mantra chanting, it is important not just to repeat the text of the mantra, but also to understand its meaning.

By chanting mantras, we can purify the surrounding space. Even just listening to mantra chants can clear your mind. When you listen to their sounds with reverence, they can lift your consciousness to a higher level.

It is believed that the sacred Sanskrit sounds tune us in harmony with the vibrations of the cosmos. Thus even if you just listen or read mantras, it can have a beneficial effect on your aura and contribute to your spiritual development.

Studying The Vedas

The Vedas are considered the most ancient Scriptures. The Sanskrit word “Veda” means ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’, ‘intelligence’. Therefore, the Vedas teach us to understand what we read, to comprehend the deep meaning.

The Vedas are written in early Sanskrit and contain hymns, philosophy, and guidance on ritual for the priests of Vedic religion. They have been directly revealed to seers among the early Aryans in India and preserved by oral tradition. The four chief collections are the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda.

Reading and studying the Vedas allow us to touch the sacred wisdom of spiritual truths. This is not just a repository of mantras, hymns, and mandalas. The sages of the past shared their spiritual knowledge and experience in the Vedas, and now we have the opportunity to touch these divine truths that can help us start a meaningful and conscious life.

Initially, the knowledge that the Vedas contain was passed orally from teachers to students, who, in turn, memorized mantras by constant repetition. Because the Vedas have been preserved through constant self-study, they also belong to the practice of Svadhyaya.

Later the Vedas were recorded in writing. The Vedas are compiled by the sage Veda Vyasa, who divided them into four parts: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda.

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Veda Vyasa

Rig Veda is considered one of the oldest religious sources of knowledge in the world, a sacred collection of mystical hymns written in Sanskrit.

Sama Veda is the Veda of chants.

Yajur Veda is a collection of mantras used for worship rituals.

Atharva Veda is a collection of mantras and magical incantations and healing spells.

The final part of the Vedas is the Upanishad (Vedanta). The word Vedanta literally means the end of the Vedas and originally referred to the Upanishads. It describes how the four Purusarthas (objects of human pursuit) can be achieved. These four Purusarthas are Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.

Studying Sacred Scriptures And Spiritual Literature

Svadhyaya also implies the study of other spiritual Scriptures. By reading sacred texts and Vedic literature, we discover a treasure trove of spiritual knowledge that was left to us by the Great teachers of the past.

When we practice Svadhyaya we constantly study from sacred sources of spiritual wisdom with reverence and respect. In doing so, we establish a connection with the spiritual masters. As we dive into the sources of spiritual wisdom, we come into contact with the exalted spirit of those who left us this treasure. In this way, we rise in spirit to their level while reading their creations.

It should also be borne in mind that just reading spiritual literature is not enough. It is important to understand the inner meaning hidden in every thought of the author, manifested in his work.

After reading spiritual texts it is important to take time for analyzing, reasoning, learning and thinking about the ways you can apply this wisdom to your life.

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Most religions are based on faith and they ask you to take sacred texts on faith. However, when we talk about svadhyaya practice, we mean the deep understanding and analysis of everything we learn. Only by understanding the essence of the Scriptures, can this knowledge penetrate into our subconscious mind.

Analyzing what you read, applying it in your life, comparing it with the experience you have already received on your spiritual path, you get precious experience and spiritually grow.

Thus, the books of Great spiritual masters provide us with support in difficult moments of life and are a motivation for spiritual self-improvement.

Other than the ancient Vedic Scriptures it is also very important to read spiritual books of modern authors, communicate with spiritual Teachers, spiritual mentors, visit lectures on spiritual topics and attend seminars. Any “immersion” in the spiritual atmosphere somehow affects our consciousness, increases the vibration of our consciousness and allows us to reach a higher level of awareness.

The Bottom Line

We should always remember that when we start our spiritual journey we grow, and our worldview constantly changes. Therefore reading spiritual literature after a while, we can comprehend more or perceive it differently than we previously learned and understand. The mind perceives only what it reads that resonates with the level of spiritual development of the reader. So don’t be lazy to read a book you have already read before again and again. You may discover something new that you missed or misunderstood.


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Padma Mudra For Reconnecting With Your Inner Light

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Padma Mudra is a symbol of purity, light, and beauty emerging from the darkness. By practicing this beautiful mudra you’re opening yourself to the light and coming to a realization that the greatest sense of steadiness in life is an open heart. Hence Padma mudra also helps you to open and balance your Heart Chakra (Anahata).

In this article, I will share with you the benefits of Padma mudra and how to properly practice it.

What Is A Mudra?

Mudra” can be translated as “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”. Hence Mudras are symbolic gestures practiced with the hands and fingers.

Connecting the fingers in certain combinations, we can activate the meridians and direct energy throughout the body. Different positions of the fingers have the ability to close or clear the energy channels. In addition, performing this or that mudra, we affect the biologically active points of the palms and fingers.

Mudras are invented for the correct redirection of energy in the body, for the control of prana and for changing the psycho-emotional state. Also, with their help, you can eliminate problems in the body and in the mind by pressing on particular acupuncture points.

What Is Padma Mudra?

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“Padma” in Sanskrit means “Lotus flower”. Lotus symbolism is common throughout Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism philosophies.

Just think about it – a lotus flower takes root down in the mud and rises up through the water to blossom at the water’s surface. The path of the lotus is similar to the journey to enlightenment. It is the journey from darkness to light.

The mud where a lotus flower takes its roots represents our ego, our habits, our emotions. It represents our life’s challenges, our shadow.

The water through which the lotus must rise is cleansing and purifying. It is our spiritual practice, inner work, and personal development. It takes action and awareness.

The lotus flower’s rise from the mud up to the water’s surface requires action, it is a period of growth.

The fully bloomed lotus flower represents our fully awakened self. Pure and beautiful.

Padma mudra is often associated with Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi graces us with the gifts of auspiciousness, compassion, and love. She gives us abundance, both spiritual and material.

Lotus Mudra Benefits

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The Lotus Mudra helps to heal a “broken heart”, strengthens unconditional love for all living beings or for a particular person, opens the heart, helps to attract a soul mate, drains out the misunderstanding, and helps to release tension. It is also practiced to enhance the fire element in the body.

Other Benefits:

  • Develops intuition;
  • Eliminates negative karma;
  • Helps to find mercy, compassion, love, understanding within your heart;
  • Grants purity and freedom from obscuration;
  • Reminds us of our own inner beauty;
  • Opens and balances the Heart chakra;
  • Strengthens the psyche;
  • Inspires purity and perseverance;
  • Gives positivity and optimism;
  • Has a calming effect to the mind;
  • Helps eliminate negative subconscious programs;
  • Protects against psychic attacks, etc.

How To Perform Padma Mudra?

Lotus mudra image

It is recommended to perform this mudra daily at sunrise or sunset for 10-15 minutes.

Take a cross-legged position. Bring the base of the palms together at the heart center, touching the thumbs and pinky fingers together. Spread the rest of the fingers out like the lotus flower opening toward the sunlight. Close your eyes and take several deep and long breaths.

Visualization:

Visualize a Lotus Bud in your heart that is opening more and more with each breath. When the flower blooms completely, it begins to absorb the sunlight, it is filled with love, joy, warmth, light. Imagine and try to feel how love and compassion for all people are growing in your heart. Visualize and feel that there is so much love in your heart that there is no more room for loneliness, sadness or any other negative emotions.

Mantra

To make your mudra practice even more powerful start chanting the following mantra for 108 times:

Om Padme Padme Mahapadme Padmavati Maye Svaha

Affirmations

You can also combine your Lotus Mudra practice with affirmations. For example, you can use the following affirmations:

  • My heart is pure!
  • I radiate love and compassion!
  • I rise above life’s challenges with ease and grace.
  • I am calm and blissful!
  • I open myself to the Light!
  • My inner light shines brightly!
  • My heart is pure!

You can also include Love affirmations into your Padma Mudra practice.

The Bottom Line

Osho Quote On Life and Lotus Image

Padme Mudra will help you to stay connected to your roots, open yourself to the light and realize that the greatest sense of steadiness in life is an open heart. Be patient and consistent and very soon you will start noticing the benefits of your practice!


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